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Cangas Wine Route

Asturias is better known for its cider than its wine, however a small enclave maintains a centuries old tradition of viticulture and wine making going back to the Middle Ages and the foundation of the monasteries.

The mountainous countryside of western Asturias has led to special viticulture being developed on the extremely steep slopes of the region. The difficulties involved in caring for the vines, which has to be done almost entirely manually has led to it being named “heroic viticulture” as the effort required to maintain the tradition is heroic.

The wines have an extraordinary personality through the use of indigenous varieties of grape like Carrasquín, Alvarín, Mencía or Albillo and have been recognised and protected by the European Union with the Qualified Denomination of Origin (DOC) “Quality Wines of Cangas”.

In the Cangas Wine Route you can enjoy an unforgettable experience, stroll through the steep sloped vineyards during grape-picking in autumn, visit a family-owned wine cellar to see the wine-making process, discover the history and wine-making traditions in the Wine Museum and participate in a wine tasting to get to know the distinct varieties of wine.

 

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The Slovenian Istria Wine Region

The Slovenian region of Istria is one of the leading wine producers in the country. The fertile soil and climate of Istria are perfect for wine producing and because of it, many varieties of grapes – both red and white – grow in the region. The most important wine grape variety is Refošk (Refosco del Peduncolo Verde), whose grapes are macerated in open vats. A thick and dark, almost violet wine is a symbol of the lasting Istrian wine tradition which also boasts excellent whites.

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Wine Growing Region of the Vipava Valley

In addition to the well-known wine grape varieties which grow in the Primorska region, in the Vipava Valley you can also find several indigenous grapes – the harmonious and refreshing Pinela with a delicate bouquet; the wonderfully rich, slightly acidic Klarnica from the sun-drenched vineyards, and Zelén, the sun-kissed ‘king of the Vipava Valley wines’, which local winemakers always offer towards the end of wine tastings as it is indeed a very special wine.

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